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118th Annual Alumni Meeting: Activities Schedule 

On-Site Registration

Friday: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, Pacific Terrace Room, 4th Floor
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Terrace Room, 4th Floor

Avoid waiting in line at the meeting: For pre-registration status, whether by mail or online, RSVPs must be received by February 5, 2017.  Badges will not be mailed in advance, but registrants will receive a confirmation email. 

Note: The registration fee of $150* applies to pre-registration through February 5 only; the on-site registration fee will be $200.

Bring Your Staff/Guest to the Meeting

Your pre-registered hygienist, dental assistant and lab technician can attend any of the lectures Friday and/or Saturday for a $100 CE fee. After February 5, registrations are on-site only and at a $150 fee for staff members needing CE units.

No charge for your non-staff guests to attend the Reception on Friday, but kindly sign them up on your registration form so we know how many people to expect!

Dentists in your employ cannot attend as “staff,” but are welcome to join our Dugoni School of Dentistry family as Associate Members. Encourage your non-Dugoni dentist/ hygienist friends to attend our meeting by joining as Associate Members for $199 membership dues, plus the $150 pre-registration fee for dentists, $99/$100 for hygienists.

Stay at the InterContinental Hotel

Make life easy, and help your Alumni Association at the same time, by staying at the InterContinental Hotel as a participant of our required room block. Our group rate begins at $299.  Please identify yourself as a member of the "Dugoni School of Dentistry" when making your reservation by calling 866-781-2364 or via the Internet go to
Hotel reservation deadline:
February 5, 2017


The hotel lot is for overnight guests only. The closest parking lot is the Fifth & Mission Garage. Check the S.F. Muni and BART web sites for public transportation information.  

No refunds for cancellations after February 5.

*Exempt from the meeting registration fee: The Class of 2016.  New graduates, we hope waiving the registration fee will encourage you — our newest alumni members — to attend the meeting.

Research Tables Clinics
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Commercial Exhibitors
Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

NEW: This year, we will not be holding the traditional Annual Recognition Luncheon. Instead, we will hold A PLENARY SESSION in the Grand Ballroom at 3:30 pm followed by a Reception in the InterContinental Ballroom at 5:30 pm.

Plenary Session and Recognition Awards
Friday, March 3, 2017
Grand Ballroom (3rd floor)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

InterContinental Ballroom (5th floor)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Plenary Session Keynote Speaker: Jose M. Hernandez, BS, MS
Former NASA astronaut and 1984 University of the Pacific graduate in electrical engineering; Jose Hernandez was born in French Camp, California and considers Stockton to be his hometown. After working as an electronics engineer for fourteen years, he joined the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he worked in the division of materials science. He was selected as an Astronaut Candidate in 2004 and completed training in 2006. From August 28 to September 11, 2009, Hernandez was among the crew on STS-128 Discovery, the 128th Shuttle mission and the 30th mission to the International Space Station. The STS-128 mission was accomplished in 217 orbits of the Earth, traveling over 5.7 million miles in 332 hours and 53 minutes. Hernandez departed NASA in 2011.

In addition to the Keynote Address, the Plenary Session will include remarks from Dean Nader Nadershahi ’94 and Medallions of Distinctions will be presented to distinguished members of our community: Museum Curator Dr. Dorothy Dechant, philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist, and Alumni Association Past President Dr. Ariane Terlet ’86. We’ll hear from our current Alumni President, Kimberly LaRocca ’06 DH and be introduced to the 2017-2018 President, Daniel Castagna ’81. Class gifts will be presented to the dean and the drawing for the Vendor Passport Program will be held.

The Plenary Session will be followed by a Reception in the InterContinental Ballroom (5th floor) to which we have also invited the entire 2017 graduating class; member sponsor­ships of students will be most appreciated.

Seating at the Plenary Session will be reserved for current and previous Medallion of Distinction recipients, guests from the University and members celebrating class reunions.


118th Annual Alumni Meeting: Course Listings 

Ftiday, March 3, 2017

Steven L. Frost, DDS; Bella Shen Garnett, DMD, MMSc, PC; Hyeon-Shik Hwang, DDS; Stefanos Kyrkanides, DDS; David E. Paquette, DDS
Accelerating Orthodontic Treatment
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
(One hour lunch break: noon – 1:00 pm)
5 units
This course will be held on the first floor of the School of Dentistry
In its 31st year, the Annual Frederick T. West Lectureship is open to orthodontists and general practitioners. Non-member colleagues wishing to take this particular course may join our Association as Associate Members by contacting the Alumni Association directly.

Each speaker will devote one hour to topics such as the reducing compliance issues using mico-osteoperforation, using surgery first for more efficient treatment on skeletal problems, efficient closure of open bite comparing fixed appliances with Invisalign, biology of tooth movement, and experimentation with tooth movement devices.
University of the Pacific thanks Align Technology, Inc., for its support of this program.

Gerald J. Chiche, DDS
Smile Design, Bonding and Esthetic Materials Update
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
6 units

Course Objectives: 
Provide key points formulated into a systematic step-by-step approach to resolve esthetic problems with predictable and improved laboratory support.  Subjects covered will include: Esthetic treatment techniques, all-ceramic bonding technique details, materials selection and esthetic treatment techniques.

Dr. Chiche’s presentation will provide key points formulated into a systematic approach to resolve esthetic problems with predictable results and improved laboratory support. Critical details of porcelain veneers and all-crown ceramic crown techniques will be discussed in terms of system selection, cement and adhesive selection and bonding sequence. Occlusal management of esthetic cases to mini­mize porcelain fractures and complications will be a lecture focus.

Samson Ng, DMD, MS
Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth: A Compendium of
Common Oral Lesions
8:00 am– 11:00 am
3 units

Oral Cancer Awareness
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
3 units

Course Objectives:
Participants will learn to consolidate the clinical technique of performing an extra-oral and intra-oral soft tissue examination, diagnose and treat non-odontogenic oral lesions commonly identified in a community setting, recognize and discuss proper initial management of oral lesions/entities that should be red flags, and discuss the BC brewed technology used for oral (pre-) cancer detection.

Morning topics will include common benign oral lesions, microbial infections, oral pre-cancerous lesions, and chair-side techniques for head and neck and intra-oral examinations. Visual presentations of evaluation tools will be included. The afternoon seminar will introduce technologies such as visualization devices and quantitative cytology and conventional histopathology used for early detection on patients with suspicious oral (pre-) malignant lesions.

Gregory L. Psaltis, DDS
So Little Room, So Much To See
8:30 am – 11:30 am
3 units

Sugar Bugs and Sleepy Juice: A Potpouri of Pediatric Dental Pearls for Today’s Practitioner
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
3 units

Course Objectives:
Participants will learn to recognize oral anomalies, diagnose early orthodontic problems, understand proper treatment planning, see why every pediatric examination is a new patient examination, and learn radiograph protocols.

The morning program will thoroughly cover all aspects of the pediatric dental examination including recognition of anomalies, growth and development, and symmetry and balance of the dentition. In the afternoon, Dr. Psaltis will discuss the art form of caring for pediatric dental patients including management tools, dealing with parents, local anesthesia skills, communication and the unique skill sets necessary for those who see pediatric patients.

2017 Panel of Experts:
Michael Carroll, Practice Broker
Andrew Stout, Wealth Manager
Gary Mitchell, Insurance Agent
Michael Shih, Business Banker
Steven Tiret, Accountant
Daryl Weinroth, Attorney at Law
Talk to the Experts: Starting, Growing or Selling Your Practice
12:00 pm– 3:00 pm

Introductions: Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni
Moderator: Dr. Craig Yarborough

The 2017 panel of experts, including Dugoni Foundation members and other professionals, will be available to answer your questions regarding the financing and/or tax consequences of purchasing a practice, how much insurance you will need, how to secure a loan, the pros and cons of purchasing vs. starting your own practice, and estate planning and legal issues you need to know about. Partici­pants will be able to speak one-on-one with the experts in areas separated for privacy.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA
The California Practice Act
8:30 – 10:30am
2 units

California Infection Control
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
2 units
The early course will update dental professionals on current laws that affect dentistry. Participants of the second course will learn how to update their existing infection control practices to meet the current minimum for standards for Infection Control. Each of these two-hour courses satisfy re-licensure requirement for dentists, hygienists and assistants.

Parag R. Kachalia, DDS
Tech Check – An Overview of New Technology and Materials Changing Dentistry
9:00am – 1:00 pm
4 units

Course Objectives:
Participants will understand the current advantages and disadvantages with respect to CAD/CAM dentistry, understand the advantages of implementing an enhanced imaging protocol in the office utilizing traditional fluorescence imaging and digital scanning, and gain an overview of the best practices of treating patients with today's restorative materials.

This course will provide an overview of the recent advances in dental technology and materials with respect to a restorative-based practice. This course will expose attendees to new trends in CAD/ Cam systems, digital caries detection, intraoral imaging, iPad integration and laser dentistry, and will alternate between “plug in” technologies and advanced materials throughout the lecture.

Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, MS, RYT
Paradigm Shifts in Periodontal Therapy
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
4 units

Course Objectives:
Participants will learn to evaluate current protocols and develop a plan of action to incorporate methods to enhance and advance optimal oral health for patients, provide rationale for implementing accelerated periodontal instrumentation protocols over traditional quadrant scaling and root planning, and implement the American Academy of Periodontology treatment guidelines into clinical practice.

The past thirty years have represented a significant change in every-thing from assessment phases to treatment options both chairside and for patient daily care. This session will overview the ever-changing paradigms surrounding the practice of dental hygiene with emphasis on evolving preventive and therapeutic protocols.

Maximum C.E. units available during this meeting through the Alumni Association: 12